At Times Like This

14 Apr
Keep our eyes on our awesome God.

Focusing on God’s awesomeness.

As a tent-making missionary, I’m a curriculum coordinator at an American school in Costa Rica.  As Mike and I are preparing to return to the States after 17 years on the mission field, the first question my co-workers ask is, “Why are you going back NOW?” followed by a list somewhat like this:  “There’s no good candidate to vote for, healthcare’s a mess, and the country is polarized.”  And yes, we also run into conspiracy theorists here and from the states.

I can’t pretend that there are not times when a bit of worry creeps in.  But God.  It’s always “but God,” isn’t it?  But God showed me this passage from Isaiah.

11 For in this way the Lord spoke to me with His strong hand [upon me] and instructed me not to walk in the way of this people [behaving as they do], saying,

12 “You are not to say, ‘It is a conspiracy!’ 
      In regard to all that this people call a conspiracy,
      And you are not to fear what they fear nor be in dread of it.
13 “It is the Lord of hosts whom you are to regard as holy and awesome.
     He shall be your fear,
     He shall be your dread [not man].
14b “Then He shall be a sanctuary [a sacred, indestructible shelter for those who fear and trust Him];  (Isaiah 8:11-14b)

At the time the situation in Israel was terrible–they had an evil King (Ahaz), several countries were ready to pounce on Israel, and there was a spiritual famine and drought in the land.  Fear against these things can put us on crooked courses to preserve our own security, where a believing fear (reverence) preserves us against a disquieting fear of man (M. Henry).

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